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Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

July 3, 2019 at 8:53 am 0 comments

By Misty Cobb The small seaside town of Seal Rock stretches up and down Highway 101 along the Pacific coastline in Oregon. The town and surrounding areas of Seal Rock receive water services from the Seal Rock Water District, which stretches more than 10 miles north to south along theRead More

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

June 27, 2019 at 10:09 am 1 comment

By Michael Curley Water quality is a major problem throughout the United States. But it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be. In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland was so polluted that it actually caught fire! That made headlines all across the country and galvanized the U.S.Read More

Aerial view of Washington Monument and The Mall, Washington, DC

Washington Report: AWIA sets the course for next wave of water infrastructure financing

June 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei It has been a popular talking point recently in Washington, D.C. to call for action on some sort of “infrastructure bill” that could stimulate the economy, put Americans to work, and begin to rectify the state of our nation’s roads, bridges, and even our water systems.Read More

Extending Its AMI: Park City, Utah, Acquires New, Actionable Data & Reduces Risk

Extending Its AMI: Park City, Utah, Acquires New, Actionable Data & Reduces Risk

June 17, 2019 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By Dan Pinney Historically, utilities and municipalities have used advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to collect water consumption data for billing purposes. However, as measurement and communications technologies have evolved, there’s an increasing opportunity to gain new data within the water cycle and transform that data into actionable insights. Utilities canRead More

The Science of Leak Noise: Some “Sound” Advice for Acoustic Leak Detection

The Science of Leak Noise: Some “Sound” Advice for Acoustic Leak Detection

April 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

By Rob Meston Effective water loss control (WLC) is one of the most critical activities every water system must face, particularly as droughts increase and conservation mandates become more stringent. Leak detection has quickly become a cornerstone of every WLC program. No matter what type of equipment is used, proceduresRead More

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

April 15, 2019 at 11:15 am 0 comments

By Jason Isakovic Public clean water sewer and stormwater services are an aspect of everyday life that often goes unnoticed by the hundreds of millions of Americans that depend on them. These essential services provide communities throughout the country, both small and large, the ability to ensure homes, businesses, hospitals, andRead More

Satellite Leak Detection: A Data-Driven Business Case Analysis

Satellite Leak Detection: A Data-Driven Business Case Analysis

April 11, 2019 at 9:42 am 0 comments

By Paul Gagliardo Water utilities are constantly looking for new technologies and tools to ensure potable water is produced and delivered in a cost effective and safe manner. Due to aging linear underground assets, transmission and distribution pipelines, utilities must invest a significant amount of money in their repair and replacement.Read More

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

April 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on cash reserves for water utilities. As mentioned in the first article on operating reserves, cash reserves are required to meet the operational, maintenance and capital needs of the utility while providing a necessary service 24Read More

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

April 8, 2019 at 8:56 am 0 comments

By Gordon Henrich As I was moderating a session at a trenchless rehab seminar it became obvious that most research and development in our industry is being done on new pipe and manholes ordered directly from a manufacturer. If our focus is rehabilitation, why aren’t we using actual components that needRead More

Is Open Procurement Really About Procurement?

Is Open Procurement Really About Procurement?

April 1, 2019 at 9:48 am 0 comments

At a time when the focus should be on innovation and best value, the argument rages on over materials and price. These arguments are evidence that the role of procurement in the municipal water sector is misunderstood, undervalued or worse, both. By Jim Baehr At a time when the focusRead More